La Americana

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March 6, 2013
Showtimes (change daily)
Wednesday, March 6 at 6 pm


Join us for a community screening of an intimate and powerful story about how immigration
policy affects families on both sides of the border.

Co-Presented by Long Island Jobs with Justice 

General Admission: $20 • Low-income/Student Admission: $10: RSVP to Anita Halasz ( or 631-348-1170 ext. 310) Panel Discussion and Reception will follow screening. 

When nine-year-old Carla suffers a life-threatening accident, her mother, Carmen, must leave her behind and make the difficult journey from Bolivia to the U.S., where she hopes to earn enough to save her daughter’s life. Working in New York to support Carla’s medical needs, Carmen struggles in vain to legalize her immigration status, and wrestles with the prospect of never seeing her daughter again. Then, after six years of separation, Congress proposes “amnesty” legislation that could allow Carmen and Carla to be reunited at last. Filmed across three countries in a captivating cinematic narrative, La Americana is Carmen’s story, and the story of millions of illegal immigrants who must leave their families behind to pursue the elusive American dream. An intimate and powerful story, La Americana shows how immigration policy affects families on both sides of the border, putting a human face on this timely and controversial issue.

* Best Documentary New York Latino Film Festival
* Best Documentary, Ojai Film Festival
* Best Documentary Urbanworld Film Festival
* Best Documentary Jury & Audience Awards, Cine Las Americas Film Festival
* Best Documentary, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival
* Special Jury Mention, Los Angeles Latino Film Festival
* Official Selection National Geographic All Roads Film Project and over 30 international film festivals